MANHATTAN, Kan. — Brock Jensen backed into the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown with 28 seconds left, and North Dakota State upset defending Big 12 champion Kansas State 24-21 Friday night.
The senior quarterback led the Bison on an 18-play, 80-yard march that ate up 8 1/2 minutes, helping them convert four third downs along the way, and left the Wildcats with virtually no time left to set up a tying field-goal try.
Jensen threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns for Bison, the two-time defending FCS national champions who have beaten Colorado State, Minnesota and Kansas in the last three years.
Jake Waters threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats, who built a 21-7 lead by the third quarter before everything fell apart. Waters was picked off twice, including a desperation heave after the Bison had taken the lead to wrap up the biggest win in North Dakota State history.
Texas Tech 41, SMU 23: Mayfield, believed to be the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a BCS school, threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns while running for another score as Texas Tech beat SMU 41-23 on Friday night.
It was quite a debut for the 18-year-old Mayfield and new Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, the former Red Raiders quarterback and at 34 the youngest coach at a BCS school.
Mayfield, who completed 43 of 60 passes, made a nifty cut to avoid a defender on his 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter before throwing two TDs in the final 6 minutes — 3 yards to Jakeem Grant and 22 yards to Reginald Davis, who caught the pass near the line of scrimmage on the right side and ran across the field, breaking two tackles before scoring.
Miami 34, Florida Atlantic 6: Duke Johnson had a career-high 186 rushing yards and a touchdown, Stephen Morris threw for 160 yards and another score, and Miami beat Florida Atlantic on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.